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of washington today as jim demint the informal leader of the senate tea party caucus announced his resignation. he is going to step down and into the director's chair at the conservative think tank the heritage foundation. that position not only allows him to shape the conservative agenda from the outside. it also comes with a pretty significant raise. demint now makes $174,000 a year. he's got an estimated net worth of $65,000. so he's actually the fourth poorest senator right now according to open secrets. but at heritage he's going to pull down a cool estimated million dollar salary. he told rush limbaugh that it's about principles not dollars, saying quote, i believe that i can do more good for the conservative movement outside of the senate. of course he has done a lot for the movement inside the senate because through his senate conservative fund he has cultivated a whole host of tea partyers including tea party senators like ron johnson, mike lee, marco rubio, pat toomey rand paul geoff flake, geoff fisher. perhaps his worst was backing tod
throwing a fit in washington today, wait until they come out and say this means getting rid of the mortgage deduction that people get on their mortgages or giving money to their church or university, that's where the money is in deductions. that's something that a lot of people use and it has very powerful support in the country washington and the country at large. >> jennifer: if you do that by closing loopholes you still can't come up with enough money unless you basically eliminate them right? >> right, and you know, it's a few $100 billion perhaps. again, i don't think it's sort of asymmetrical warfare. the obamas put together a plan. if you jack up the rates on the top earners you'll get more money, and more money will be withheld from their salaries and they'll owe more at the end of the year. by contrast if you talk about ways of eliminating deductions without saying which ones they are, that doesn't get you far. that's been in the conversation for the la many years in washington. >> jennifer: carrie, you talked about a compromise. in a way to give the republicans a way of saving fac
, they are running anned a right now. he's take a look. >> if the politicians in washington negotiate a bad deal on the budget and deficit, what do you think will happen to medicare and medicaid benefits? and to our coverage? ♪ >> you know i just want to quickly ask you while we have you, why the unions are getting involved in this debate over the fiscal cliff now? what steak did they have in this? >> we think we are one of the last remaining organizedd forces in the economy that fight to invest that revenue and get the people back to work. because the private sector by itself is not generating the millions of more jobs. so it's about jobs and making sure we do not cut vital services to the people desperately need them. it's not just about the services, but it's also about stabilizing the employment of people in the healthcare and social security sector. so we have got to get back to work and protect services. that's why we think it's incumbent on us to have this fight as well. >> thank you for your time thank you for your time. next any time a right to work battle pro
there is hope afterall. joining me now from washington is republican strategist and author of the book "blackwards," ron christie. thank you so much for joining us inside "the war room" again. >> governor, it is nice to see you again. >> jennifer: all right. so do you think republicans have recovered from losing the election? >> well, i think we have. i think there's no question that although president obama got less of the popular vote than he did the last time around, his electoral college numbers went up. he won. but the other thing that i would say to you governor, is senate republicans, the american people voted for the status quo. they kept the republicans running the majority in the house of representatives to keep a check on the executive branch and so while we did take a shellacking in the presidential election, we still have one of the houses of congress -- it is up to the congress to negotiate with the president. >> jennifer: i gotta stop you on that though because the democrats won the popular vote in the house r
the sensation. >> jennifer: you all know in november's election, colorado and washington state decriminalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. this loosening of the laws really represents a historic shift in the war on drugs. it also presents an unprecedented problem of clashing federal laws and state laws. just today democratic senator patrick leahy, chairman of the senate judiciary committee released a letter to the white house drug czar urging him to explain how is the administration going to solve this conflict? senator leahy plans to hold hearings on the issue early next year. according to the pot legalization group normal, norml, 26 states have laws decriminalizing or allowing medical marijuana use and then there were also two recent polls from "the huffington post" and quinnipiac university which show, with respect to public support that more than half of the country actually supports the legalization of marijuana. joining me now for insight on how the obama administration might move for
everything invested in this. >> obama: i've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for washington. so you should keep your eye on who gets some correct this year. there are going to be some members of congress who get 'em and on don't. >> jennifer: that was president obama at the connect toy factory factory. he was warning congress they might end up on the naughty list. and he asked republicans to extend the bush era tax cuts for those making less than $250,000, but not for those making more. echoing the holiday theme with this grinch like association. >> let's not kid ourselves. i'm not trying to make this more difficult. >> jennifer: stalemate. didn't we just start talking? oh wait, he's just posturing right? to sort out the latest tough talk from the posture is michelle bernard founder of the bernard center center for women public policy. welcome back inside "the war room," michelle. >> thank you. >> jennifer: so, how serious is the stalemate that speaker boehner announceed today? >> i was listening to that sound bite a second ago and i don't know if i want to cry or if i want to laug
. this has got to stop. and the majority of americans agree. in fact a "washington post" abc news poll out today found that just over half of americans saw the -- the shooting at sandy hook elementary as a sign of broader problems rather than an isolated incident. and this cuts across party lines with most democrats, republicans, and independents all viewing the newtown shooting as part of a wider issue, and that reverses a trend we have seen in past mass shootings, because polls did show the majority of americans viewed those previous incidents as isolated incidents. a petition on the white house website that demands that the president and congress take action now has more than 150,000 signatures making it one of the most popular petitions ever. last night the president indicated that he was prepared to take action. >> we're not doing enough. and we will have to change. these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. we will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true but they can't be excuse or inaction. surely we can do better tha
, sandwiches, and more. ♪ >> jennifer: you know it's never a good idea to over play your hand in washington. today the white house called speaker boehner's bluff and vowed to veto his fiscal cliff plan b though president obama still wants to get a deal done before christmas. >> i remain optimistic because if you look at what the speaker has proposed he has conceded that income tax rates should go up, except right now he only wants to have them go up for millionaires. >> tomorrow the senate will pass legislation that will make the tax cuts permanent for 99.1% of the american people. then the president can call on democrats to pass the bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. >> jennifer: i don't know, mr. president. i think you may need to call his bluff again. so for a look at the good bad, and ugly ideas for the fiscal cliff is tad divine. he was a senior strategist for gore and kerry's presidential campaign. welcome back inside "the war room," ted. >> governor good to be with you. >> jennifer: speaker boehner's plan b is a bad i
investigative reporter josh israel from washington d.c. josh welcome to "the war room." >> thanks for having me, john. john fuglesang pleasure to have you. what do you think the nra will say tomorrow? will there be anything that we haven't heard before? >> well, i certainly couldn't say for sure they're not going to surprise us. but they have a very, very long history of not doing so. every time over the last couple of decades there's been a disaster like this, they've followed the same pattern. first they wait. they say nothing. and then they go right back on doing what they do. which is lobbying against any restrictions and actually actively fighting to get rid of the restrictions we have and to make access to guns easier. the sort of big hint we got was on nra news earlier this week, they called the assault weapons ban from the clinton administration. it failed experiment. so it doesn't really sound like they're ready to change their tune and embrace it two days later. >> john: a failed experiment i guess b
is right, that we got now -- we now potentially have an administration in washington that cares about keeping manufacturing jobs in the united states. but prior to that under the bush administration, and the hands off posture the u.s. has taken, there is no way we're going to be able to keep those good-paying middle class jobs in america. you need to have an active government to enable us to do that. >> yes, we lost all of those years. you had the unfortunate job of being the governor of michigan while george w. bush was president. but the bush plan was part and parcel to what we're seeing now. and actually before bush it happened to the governor before you who was there for -- i don't know how long? 12 years? >> jennifer: yeah. >> but this really started with ronald reagan, when he fired the air traffic controllers. and maybe we can talk about this in the next segment, because i would like to offer some constructive criticism of what we need to do now. >> jennifer: yes, i totally want to do that. but i just want to ask you a question, though, because i know you s
, following the devastating newtown shootings. but what about washington? well today the white house indicated the president is ready to take action. >> while he is actively supportive of, for example senator feinstein's stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban he supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole. >> jennifer: yes! speaker nancy pelosi also pledged to renew the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. and to do so soon. >> right away today, this week, we could pass the ban on the assault magazine and the larger sense, let's go down the path of banning the assault weapon. i think there is a better chance to do that now than ever. >> jennifer: those remarks come after california democratic senator dianne feinstein pledged to introduce similar legislation yesterday. there are even some republican senators who might be on board! a spokesman for senator marco rubio told "tampa bay times" that he is, rubio is
in florida and i'm looking forward to going to washington, d.c. >> jennifer: what you described is an interesting juxtaposition that is happening in d.c. right now, the fiscal cliff and the rights and the soul of the republican party. i'm wondering how you feel whether they resolve it before you come to town? i know you want to avert a crisis, but at the same time deep down do you wish you had a chance to be part that have particular vote? >> look, for the sake of our country, i hope this is resolved before i get there. you know i've been talking to business owners throughout the corinth for months now. they want certainty predictability from our government. they realize that our taxes are going to be up a little bit. they know there is going to reform to social security and medicare, they want to know so they know how to plan for their companies. i hope it's resolved before i get there if not so be it, i see this as an opportunity for america to lead the way. china is slowing down. india is slowing down. europe is in a recession. south america is slowing down. we have an opport
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